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Sony Unveils Viao Entertainment Hub HD PC/TV

Sony introduced last week a Vaio entertainment hub HD PC/TV and two new notebooks, including the Vaio X series that weighs in at 1.6 pounds.

The Vaio L Touch HD PC/TV is centered around a 24W-inch WUXGA resolution touchscreen panel that displays FullHD resolution. The unit will come in several configurations with a base price of $1,300.

The company said select models will feature a Blu-ray Disc optical drive, and a BD rewritable drive is also available. Other features can include a built-in TV tuner to receive over-the-air HDTV signals, and the L Touch can add an HDMI input, allowing the unit to connect through a set-top box, satellite receiver or PlayStation3.

The unit’s DVR can store 100 hours of HD content.

The PC part of the product is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, built-in 802.11n and the upcoming Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

Sony is taking pre-orders for the L Touch starting Oct. 8, and it will ship to retail in November, the company said.

The X-series ultra-portable notebook, shipping today, is built on a carbon fiber wchassis that is 0.55 inches thick; it will be available in gold and black. It has an LED backlit, scratch-resistant 11.1-inch display. Battery life is 3.5 hours with the standard battery pack and 14 hours with the extended capacity battery.

Other features include onboard 3G mobile broadband provided by Verizon, (subscription required) and Bluetooth. The notebook has GPS functionality through the cellular service.

Starting suggested retail is $1,300.

The final introduction is the Vaio CW-series notebooks. The CW is a conventionally sized device featuring a 14-inch widescreen, Nvidia GeForce graphics, an HDMI output and an optional Blu-ray player. The notebook is available in fiery red, poppy pink, icy white, jet black and indigo purple.

It will ship at the end of October with a starting price of $780.